ObituariesTerence KayCharles Frederick RycroftJohn Dunlop ThomsonBrian William TomsMichael WaltonBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.213 (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:213
Former consultant forensic psychiatrist Wakefield (b Cheadle 1930; q Leeds 1958; FRCPsych), died of a myocardial infarction on 8 May 1998. He spent his early life in Stockport, and after leaving school at 14 worked as a laboratory technician at Stockport Infirmary, then spending his national service as a technician in Hamburg and Berlin. His initial ambition was to be a general practitioner, and he practised for four years in New Zealand, where he developed an interest in psychiatry. To obtain specialist qualifications he returned to Britain, working in Plymouth and Leeds and developing an interest in forensic psychiatry. After working as a prison medical officer he joined High Royds Hospital, and thereafter was instrumental in forming the forensic psychiatry service in Wakefield. Teaching the staff remained a fundamental interest throughout his career, while from a desolate locked ward he developed an interim secure unit before establishing a purpose built regional secure unit. He also became well known in assessing the victims of major disasters. He leaves a wife, Liz; two sons (one a doctor); and six grandchildren.
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Charles Frederick Rycroft
Consultant psychoanalyst Tavistock Clinic …
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